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Elon Musk to Leave Trump Advisory Following Paris Agreement Withdrawal

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【Summary】Shortly after Trump’s announcement, Elon Musk posted on Twitter that he is “departing presidential councils.”

Original Claire    Jun 02, 2017 11:12 AM PT
Elon Musk to Leave Trump Advisory Following Paris Agreement Withdrawal

Just as Elon Musk vows to step down from the Trump advisory council position, President Trump announced on Thursday that United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which leaves only three countries in the world not a part of the Paris deal, the US, Syria and Nicaragua.

Shortly after Trump's announcement, Elon Musk posted on Twitter that he is "departing presidential councils."

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Musk said on Wednesday that he has done "all I can" to persuade Trump to stay in the accord, and threatened to leave the council if Trump decides to exit. Now he has done so.

Musk is serving on two of Trump's councils: an economic advisory board and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. He has since received criticism on the close relationship with the Trump administration, especially when Trump signed an executive order on immigration from Muslim-majority countries. Uber CEO Travis Kalanik left the economic advisory council right after the immigration order, while Musk chose to stay on, saying that " engaging on critical issues would on balance serve the greater good."

Another business leader who decided to leave the Trump advisory after yesterday's announcement is Disney CEO Bob Iger, who call the issue "a matter of principle."

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An administration spokesman said the White House will hold a meeting on June 19th with technology leaders.

On the other hand, a few industrial leaders choose to remain on the White House advisory council after Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. General Motors said CEO Mary Barra will not leave the presidential advisory panel, saying her participation "provides GM a seat at an important table to contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues."

Meanwhile, Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM will also stay on Trump's business advisory council, according to Washington Post.

The Paris Climate Agreement is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change, agreed upon by 195 nations. The deal requires countries in the league to make voluntary national pledges to reduce emissions and make periodical updates on their progress.

Yesterday China expressed its position to stick to the Paris Climate Agreement, just ahead of Trump's withdrawal announcement.

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